According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in February 2016, the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, which is included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and applies financial penalties to hospitals that have higher-than-expected readmission rates for targeted conditions, resulted in a decline in readmission rates:The study analyzed data from 3387 […]Read more
Lawmakers, health dept. look for ways to cut Medicaid without eliminating services
On Wednesday, the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), and Sen. Pete Kelly discussed bills to trim Medicaid costs statewide and take advantage of federal reimbursement.
Gov. Bill Walker’s Medicaid reform bill — Senate Bill 78 — and Kelly’s Senate Bill 74, both emphasize […]
The federal government is penalizing 758 hospitals with higher rates of patient safety incidents, and more than half of those places had also been fined last year, Medicare records released late Wednesday show.
Among the hospitals getting punished for the first time are some well-known institutions, including Stanford Health Care in Northern California, Denver Health Medical […]
The state of South Carolina has created an incentive program to encourage Medicaid recipients to receive preventive medical care . Show up for an annual exam, and Medicaid patients not only receive the visits for free, but even get $25 a pop for making it to the appointments. Receive mammograms, and they get another $20 […]Read more
A new partnership between Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and several major health care systems was unveiled last week with the objective of “radically altering how health care is financed and delivered.
As part of its plans, Horizon intends to offer lower-cost health plans that reward consumers who use select hospitals and doctors in the alliance, […]
As of July 2015, more than 474,000 health care providers received payment for participating in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. In May 2013, CMS announced that more than half of all eligible health care providers had been paid under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.Read more
Care providers nationwide are showing strong interest in a shift to value-based care. UnitedHealthcare’s total payments to physicians and hospitals that are tied to value-based arrangements have nearly tripled in the last three years to $38 billion.* By the end of 2018, UnitedHealthcare expects that figure to reach $65 billion.*Read more
UnitedHealthcare recently awarded more than $54 million in bonus payments to more than 4,000 care providers named winners of the PATH Excellence in Patient Service Awards.*
The recipients achieved the highest adherence levels for key quality measures by successfully closing gaps in care when treating UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage members.
The PATH program annually rewards physicians who meet […]
As of May 2015, more than 468,000 health care providers received payment for participating in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. In May 2013, CMS announced that more than half of all eligible health care providers had been paid under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.Read more
CMS has paid out more than $30 billion in EHR incentive payments to hospitals and providers who have attested to meaningful use as of March 2015. Epic accounts for 186,000 of total meaningful use attestations; Cerner has120,331; Allscripts with 99,091 to date.
Source: CMS; Healthcare IT News, HIT Trends, May 2015